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The Egypt Game by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
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May 28, 11

bookshelves: realistic-fiction
Read in April, 2011

Aprils mother has abandoned Gilly Hopkins, like _________, she has gone off to become a star and will send for her when there is money. Not surprisingly, her mother does not write and she does not come for her. Instead April, who definitely colors outside of the lines, is sent to live in an apartment with her grandmother who doesn't know how to connect with her. April's not easy. She's angry and she lies. April makes friends with Melanie, the girl upstairs, and together they build the imaginary world of ancient Egypt in an empty lot behind their building. They are eventually joined by two boy classmates and Marshall, Melanie's little brother. That summer a neighborhood child is found murdered and a blanket of suspicion falls over the neighborhood. Could the murderer be Mr. Schneider who runs a small antique shop adjacent to the lot? After all, he has been secretly watching the children from his shop window.
Sometimes it takes an imaginary world, like in Bridge to Terabithia, to pull a child out of the sadness that is his or her reality. The Egypt Game does that for April, and puts her in the middle of a real life drama forcing her to make immediate and life saving decisions.

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